Leadership Lyceum

Leadership Lyceum: A CEO’s Virtual Mentor

This podcast series focuses on corporate and industry strategy and trends from the direct vantage point of key industry leaders. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple iTunes. Interviews with Tom Fanning and Bob Flexon are available, as well as one with Joe Rigby, Bob Skaggs and Les Silverman.

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Calendar of Events

Apr 09, 2017 to Apr 12, 2017
| Phoenix, AZ
May 02, 2017 to May 05, 2017
| Orlando, FL
May 21, 2017 to May 23, 2017
| Orlando, FL


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Reflections from The Room Where It Happened

Leadership Lyceum Podcast Summary

Tom Linquist

Conversation on M&A: Former CEOs of PHI and NiSource/CPG, Joe Rigby and Bob Skaggs, and Director Les Silverman.

Vegas Energy, Baby

Las Vegas, model of energy efficiency

John Hargrove

Having worked in Nevada for many years, I can assure you that Las Vegas is nothing if not mythical. Let’s break down some of those myths as they pertain to energy usage.

Vision of Liquefied Natural Gas Hub

Mirage on the Ocean?

Laura Olive

Want to ramp up U.S. LNG exports to Europe? Dr. Olive, an expert from NERA, takes us through the limitations and barriers of the European market.

Tom Fanning: Leadership Lyceum Podcast Summary

Conversation with a Prime Mover: Tom Fanning, Chairman and CEO of Southern Company

Tom Fanning, with Tom Linquist

A summary of Tom Linquist's conversation with Tom Fanning, Southern Company CEO, on strategy and investment. Full podcast available.

Essential Role of Fossil Fuels in Future Economic Growth

Essential in the 20th Century, and in the 21st

Roger H. Bezdek

World economic growth over the past two centuries was powered largely by fossil fuels. More than 75 million people are being added to cities globally each year, driving greater energy and infrastructure needs. Fossil fuels will remain the essential global energy sources.

Energy People: Bob Catell

We talked with Bob Catell, former deputy chairman of National Grid plc.

Bob Catell, with Steve Mitnick

Bob Catell was formerly chairman and CEO of KeySpan Corporation, the former Brooklyn Union Gas. He’s presently chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, and of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium.

Unsung Role of Fossil Fuels in the Miracle of U.S. Growth

Past, Present, and Future, Part I

Roger H. Bezdek

Robert Gordon’s seminal book, The Rise and Fall of American Growth, has a pessimistic message with profound economic, social, and political implications. But nowhere in Gordon’s 762-page book does he give credit to fossil fuels for the economic miracle of the past two centuries. In this article, I focus on the critical historical role that fossil fuels played in creating the technological and economic miracles that Gordon articulates so well.

POPS Is Here to Stay

Reports of Plain Old Power Service’s death greatly exaggerated

Steve Huntoon

The vast majority of electric consumers want reliable, clean, reasonably priced electricity, and little else.

Energy Company's Pipe Dream

Why $3.3 Billion Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline Was Defeated

Vincent DeVito

It’s a David and Goliath story. But instead of a slingshot, David in this case fired off a stiff legal challenge to defeat the giant.

Beware of Vertical Arrangements for Gas Procurement

Owning gas reserves benefits consumers?

Kenneth Costello

Regulators should start with the premise that long-term contracting with an independent gas producer or middleman is preferable (e.g., with a marketer). Vertical arrangements pose a number of tough questions for state public utility regulators.